“For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 NASB
Now that the Christmas season is behind us we look forward to the celebration of a new year. Many spend this time making for themselves New Year’s Resolution. Whether they are seeking separation from sins, or desiring deliverance from dependencies, or wishing away their worries, the solution is the same-faith.
From the well wishing, one will often get advice to work out their problems, or keep a positive attitude, or keep your head above the water, it will work itself out. This advice is well intended but, unfortunately wrong. The Word of God clearly teaches that we are saved by grace, (Ephesians 2:8, 9), and anything done apart from faith is sin, (Romans 14:23). As the scripture stated above say, “It is God who is at work in you,” and His work in you is to, will and to work for His good pleasure.
Every Christian has area’s that need improvement in their lives. For this reason I resolve to have faith. Faith in Jesus of whom I can do nothing apart from, (John 5:5), faith in Jesus of whom I can do all things through, (Philippians 4:16), and faith in Jesus who gives me true deliverance, “Whom the Son has set free is free indeed.” (John 8:36). This year resolve to seek God for ALL of your solutions. Resolve to have faith.
Rusty Kuhn is the founding pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Nicholson Ms. and the author of Reclaiming the Land: God’s Formula for Revival. He loves teaching and preaching the truths of God’s Word.